Botox: Your Questions Answered

With so many of today’s celebrities going overboard on plastic surgery, Botox has easily gotten a bad wrap. Because of this many people have questions about Botox and the many misconceptions around it. Botox is a very popular treatment for a number of reasons. That’s why we’ve put this list together to help answer any common questions you have about the botox treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is a nonsurgical treatment that can help you look rejuvenated and more youthful. It is an injection treatment of a compound made by bacteria used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It can also be used to soften and improve forehead lines and crow’s feet. The procedure only takes a few minutes and only causes minor discomfort. Botox is often used for many medical conditions including the treatments of excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.

Who can use Botox?

Most people are eligible candidates for a botox treatment. Patients can start treatments as early as their late twenties, but you should always be mindful of the treatments and not be unreasonable. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. A licensed practitioner can help you determine if a botox treatment is right for you.

How does it work?

The bacteria known as Botulinum toxin is injected in small concentrations to the intended areas. The Botox then works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles. Then when the nerve releases a chemical to make that particular muscle fire or trigger, it is paralyzed and the wrinkles that form from that muscle movement diminish.

How long does it last?

You will start to notice results in three to five days after your treatment. After three months you may start to see movement to your treated areas and the treatment typically fully wears off after five to six months. The treatment is not permanent, but having a licensed practitioner is essential to ensuring you will be happy with your results.

What are the side effects?

With more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year, there are very few side effects with the treatment. Swelling and bruising is the most common side effect, as well as headaches that typically end after a day or two. A small amount of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This happens when the botox moves around, but this side effect typically goes away within three weeks. One percent of patients develop a rare side effect where their bodies begin to produce antibodies that make treatments ineffective over time. This is a rare side effect that does not effect most patients.

Botox is a great treatment for restoring your youth and rejuvenating your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about a Botox treatment and if it’s right for you, contact Dr. Paul Sabini for a consultation today! As a licensed facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Sabini can guarantee you safe and long-lasting results!